Obed Watershed Community Association (OWCA) is a Crossville, TN-based nonprofit with the mission to protect and enhance the watersheds of the
 Obed River and its tributaries within Cumberland County, TN through community education, creating opportunities for community research and service projects, and promoting conservation, recreation, and best management practices.  It also supports activities in other nearby watersheds both within Cumberland County and surrounding counties.

     This website if full of information about the watershed with many fact sheets and education powerpoints that go into great detail about the natural resources that are here.  There are also pages devoted to the many projects and accomplishments that OWCA has achieved in its twelve year history.  Many activities, however, change frequently, so we use our Facebook page, Obed Watershed Community Association, as a way to receive information in a more immediate way than the website.  The link to our Facebook page is at the bottom of our navigation column to the left.


  • Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - 2017!

     August Activities

    Work Day At Centennial Park

    Wednesday morning, August 16

    Meet at Centennial Park office (middle driveway) at 9:00 a.m.

       It's been a few years since we did any heavy maintenance at Centennial Park and it's time for some heavy work.  We'll be removing some invasive trees and shrubs that have popped up and thin some of the black willow that have really exploded.  We'll work until noon getting as much done as possible to get the area back to the natural landscaping we designed.  Call Dennis at 484-9033 to let him know you're coming.

    Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Monday, August 21  1:33 p.m. central time

    The Tennessee Passionflower

    Tuesday, August 22nd 4:00

    Roane State Community College, Crossville Campus

        Dr. Shawn Krosnick of Tennessee Tech, the new Director of their Herbarium will be giving a talk for OWCA on her research specialty, the Tennessee Passionflower, as well as describing the work of the herbarium and how volunteers can be involved. The passionflower has many unusual characteristics worth discussing and while the UT Herbarium has no evidence of the plant in Cumberland County, there are a number of places where it has been observed – a testament to how “amateurs” can be involved in documenting the presence of various plants.

         Workday at 911 Memorial and permeable paver demonstration at Roane State
         Community College

         Stream Restoration Project on Crooked Fork in Morgan County
         Stream Clean-up on the Obed
          Stream Restoration Project in Fairfield Glade
          October 21  Keep it Clean 5K.  Use registration link on the left.
          October 27  OWCA Annual Membership Meeting.  Talk by Conservation Fisheries

          Field Trip to scenic spot
          Work Day at Centennial Park

          OWCA Holiday Party
          Fall planting activity

    WaterFest Website:  crossvillewaterfest.org   We had another terrific WaterFest this year.  There are photos from this and previous years' activities and up-to-date information on the 2017 WaterFest.  Information on 2018 WaterFest will be updated in January 2018

     Amazon Shopping Link

    Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1594762


         The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (President),  Amy Steele-Wortel (Vice-President), Mary Lou Matteson (Treasurer), Hugh Thomforde (Secretary), Majorie Buxbaum, Katie Heying, Ed LeGrand, Matt Matteson, Wayne Russell, Robert Safdie, and Rebecca Whitney. 

    OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Veolia Water NA,VEC Customer Share, MTNG Hometown Help, Manchester Tank,  Cumberland Medical Center, EcoTravel Plaza, Stonehaus Winery, Outdoor Experience, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, Silvara Stone, and Kroger. 

     OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 405 4th St. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

    405 4th St

    Posted Aug 7, 2017, 3:21 PM by Dennis Gregg
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